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Earning Low-Cost Transfer Credit: Chapter Summary
With mounting postsecondary costs, many students are increasingly turning to low-cost transfer credit options. Our guidance counselors can assist you in identifying helpful types of college-level transfer credit and earning credits by exam. This chapter covers:
Identifying Different College-Level Transfer Credits
You'll first want to understand all the different types of transfer credits, including AP, IB, credit-by-exam and community college-level. Students should discover if the schools they are interested in accept some, if any, of these credits and what the aforementioned credits may transfer to. For example, some schools only allow transfer credits to count toward the total unit number, while others accept transfer credits that count toward general education and major requirements.
Testing out of College General Education Requirements
Many bachelor's degree programs are composed of general education (GE) coursework, which may account for about half of all required courses. You may be able to test out of these GE requirements by using a credit-by-exam or achieving qualifying scores on other diagnostic exams, such as the SAT II subject tests.
Earning College Credit by Exam
An affordable way to earn low-cost transfer credits is by taking the credit-by-exam. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits were accepted by almost 3,00 colleges and universities as of 2014. These exams allow you to earn credits without taking or paying for a college course. Study.com provides plenty of resources to guide your studies and ready you for the applicable CLEP exam. There were 33 CLEP tests available to students in 2014.
Transferring Credit to Your College
Once you are ready to take credit and placement exams, you'll want to make sure that the credits properly transfer and are applied to the appropriate course requirements. You may want to turn to your college for help transferring credits. You might call the institution's admissions office, check the online course catalog or employ the school's online resources.
1. Types of College-Level Transfer Credit
College can be expensive, but one way to save is by transferring credits to the college you are attending. In this lesson, we'll look at ways to earn and transfer credits, including some common limitations when transferring credits.
2. How to Test Out of College General Education Requirements
To save time and money on college, some students choose to test out of some of their classes. In this lesson, we'll examine what general education classes are, how students can test out of them, and how colleges apply credits earned in exams.
3. How to Prepare for College Credit-By-Exam
Taking an exam for credit is a good way for college students to save time and money. But what types of exams are available? And how can a student prepare for these exams? Watch this video to find the answers to these questions.
4. Tips for Transferring Credit to Your College
There are many ways to save money at college, including transferring credits from community college or earning them through credit-by-exam. In this lesson, we'll look at what transfer credits are and how to transfer them to your school.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 160 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
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Transferring credit to the school of your choice
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